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CREWS KNOCK DOWN FIRE BLAZE SNARLS I-5 TRAFFIC; ALERT ALREADY IN PLACE.



Byline: Heather MacDonald and Patricia Farrell Aidem Staff Writers

CASTAIC - A raging brush fire burned more than 100 acres Monday afternoon, closed the northbound Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964.  and threatened a mobile home park before being knocked down by crews already on alert, fire officials said.

The blaze was sparked by a pickup truck on fire on the northbound I-5 near Templin Highway Templin Highway is a two-lane road from Interstate 5 and the old Golden State Highway east to the north end of the Castaic Reservoir in Los Angeles County, California, United States.  in a sparsely populated area on the edge of the Angeles National Forest The Angeles National Forest (ANF) was established by executive order on December 20, 1892 as the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve. It covers over 2,600 km² (650,000 acres) and is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, just north of the metropolitan area of Los  and quickly spread, said Inspector Ed Osorio of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Not to be confused with Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Under a red-flag alert - the highest fire danger warning - more than 200 firefighters, including four water-dropping aircraft crews and the U.S. Forest Service, got control of the blaze in about 2 1/2 hours, Osorio said.

``Unless the winds kick up and blow embers from the center of the fire to the unburned areas, it should be pretty much out,'' Osorio said.

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 closed the northbound I-5 in Castaic for more than an hour because of thick black smoke from burning bushes along the freeway. Bumper-to-bumper traffic stretched south at least 10 miles while travelers from the north stalled at the Kern County line.

Twenty additional firefighters have been called in to cover the county's northern swath and water trucks and other heavy equipment are poised for use in what could be the beginning of another brutal fire season, county fire officials said.

Last year, 30,000 acres burned in the region.

``We have extra patrols, extra manpower and extra apparatus ready for a large brush fire,'' Osorio said. ``We've got helicopters ready to go - the fastest way to fight a brush fire in these conditions is from the air.''

Although the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  Sheriff's Department urged residents of the Paradise Ranch Mobile Home Park to prepare to be evacuated, some scoffed as flames approached this fire-prone enclave.

``It's like an every-year occurrence up here,'' said Bruce Hill Bruce Edward Hill (born February 29, 1964 in Fort Dix, New Jersey), is a former professional American football player who selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 1987 NFL Draft. A 6'0", 175-lb. , who has lived in the 94-home Paradise Ranch for seven years. ``I'm just gathering some financial papers so I can grab them and go if I have to. Everything else is replaceable.''

Others said they were weary of being constantly prepared to make a quick getaway during fire season.

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 out,'' said Marge Eastburn, 75. ``I can't take much more of this. My heart can't stand it.''

Eastburn, who has lived at Paradise Ranch for 27 years, said she piled everything she could into her minivan, including her cat, clothes and crucial papers and waited anxiously until fire officials gave the all clear.

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 into a storage locker so she wouldn't have to worry about having to leave them behind in a fire.

``It's expensive, but you gotta do what you gotta do,'' Eastburn said.

The area near the mobile home park last burned in September when a blaze chewed up nearly 1,000 acres.

There will be a high risk of brush fires for the next several days because of continuing hot, dry and windy weather, officials said.

The red-flag alert was issued Saturday afternoon, said county fire Capt. Mark Savage. With high winds in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, 100-degree-plus temperatures and low humidity, fire officials extended the alert through today in northern Los Angeles County.

On Saturday, fire charred 150 acres of brush in Agua Dulce near the Antelope Valley Freeway The Antelope Valley Freeway is a freeway in Los Angeles and Kern counties in southern California. It is signed as California State Highway 14 along its length. It connects Greater Los Angeles to the rapidly developing Antelope Valley. , said Phil Ulloa, a county fire supervising dispatcher Software that determines what pending tasks should be done next and assigns the available resources to accomplish it. It may execute other programs or generate a list for human operators to follow. See scheduler. .

The fire posed a brief threat to a vacation motor home park, but no structures were damaged.

Earlier, a grass fire along the Grapevine west of Interstate 5 and north of Fort Tejon State Park caused delays for thousands of motorists returning home from their holiday weekend. The 25-acre fire kept traffic jammed on the state's main north-south artery as travelers headed home after the holiday weekend.

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(1 -- color -- ran in SAC edition only) A county helicopter makes a drop on advancing flames along the Golden State Freeway near Templin Highway Monday.

(2 -- 4 -- color -- ran in SAC edition only) A hand crew, far left, tries to stop the flames along I-5 Monday; a CHP CHP Chapter
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 officer, above and left, warns residents of a mobile home park to prepare to evacuate as the brush fire advances.

David R. Crane/Staff Photographer
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